How to build a kids picnic table

This step by step diy woodworking project is about kids picnic table plans. Building a picnic table for your kids is a straight forward project, but you need proper plans and quality materials. Generally speaking, the designs options are endless, so you should choose the plans that fit within your budget and that satisfy your tastes. Plan every step of the project with great care, if you want to keep the costs under control.

There are a few things that you should know before starting the actual construction project, especially if you don’t have experience in the field. Therefore, we recommend you to adjust the size of the picnic table, as well as it designs. In addition, if you are going to place the picnic table in your garden, we recommend you to invest in weather-resistant lumber, such as pine, cedar or even redwood.

Always gather the tools and the materials before starting the project, especially if you want to get the job done in just a day. In addition, we recommend you to use proper tools as to make accurate cuts. Align all the components at both before inserting the screws into place. Fill the holes with putty and smooth the surface with fine-grit sandpaper, if you want to get a professional result.

 

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How to build a kids picnic table

Building a kids table

Building a kids table

 

Materials

  • A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 29” long LEGS
  • B – 4 pieces of 2×4 – 42″ long SUPPORTS
  • C – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 22 3/4″ long SUPPORTS
  • D – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 48″ long, 4 pieces – 48″ long SLATS
  • E – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 37″ long BRACE

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

Tips

  • Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
  • Fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the surface

Time

  • One Day

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Building a kids picnic table

Building the legs

Building the legs

 

The first step of the woodworking project is to build the legs of the picnic table for your kids. In order to get a professional result, we recommend you to use 2×4 lumber and to cut both ends of the legs at 60 degrees. Take accurate measurements and use a miter saw to get accurate cuts.

 

Attaching the supports

Attaching the supports

 

Next, we recommend you to attach the supports to the legs of the picnic table, as shown in the plans. Level the supports with a spirit level, drill pilot holes and lock them into place with carriage bolts. Proceed in the the same manner for the tabletop supports. Alternatively you could use galvanized screws and glue, if you won’t disassemble it.

 

Installing the stretcher

Installing the stretcher

 

Continue the woodworking project by attaching the brace between the two sides of the picnic table. In order to get a professional result we recommend you to plumb the legs with a spirit level before fitting the brace into place. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the brace and lock it to the supports with 2 1/2″ screws.

 

Attaching the slats

Attaching the slats

 

One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to fit the 2×4 slats to the supports, as in the image. Drill pocket holes through the slats and lock them to the supports with 2 1/2″ galvanized screws. Leave about 1/4″ between the slats in order to drain the water properly.

 

How to build a kids picnic table

How to build a kids picnic table

 

Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood filler and let it to dry out for several hours. Afterwards, smooth the wooden surface with fine-grit sandpaper and vacuum the residues. Round the edges with fine-grit sandpaper.

Smart Tip: Apply several coats of stain or paint to the wooden components, if you want to protect them from decay and to enhance the look of the kids picnic table.

 

 

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